Two inmates's dash for freedom ended when they were recaptured by police 24 hours after they escaped from the Labasa court on Monday morning.
Deputy divisional police commander acting Senior Superintendent Fulori Rainibogi confirmed that the two, who hade been in custody at the Vaturekuka Correction Centre, were to have attended a court hearing on Monday morning.
"We confirm the two escaped from the court house premises but police recaptured them within 24 hours," acting SSP Rainibogi said.
"The two inmates were taken from an area in town by police and are back in custody," she said. Police maintained tight patrol during Diwali ensuring the safety of the public. Acting SSP Rainibogi said teams were deployed to residential areas as well. "It may be a holiday for some but our teams are out patrolling the area, including picnic spots around the north towns and busy spots," she said.